Boston Sports Club is expected to fill the vacant storefront on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester’s Adams Corner that once housed a Rite Aid pharmacy.
Tom Cifrino, the president of Supreme Realty Trust, which owns the property at 540 Gallivan Blvd., said he expects to have a lease signed with the fitness and health club later this week.
There were several fitness centers vying for the space, according to Cifrino.
“We are 99-percent there expect for a few minor points in the lease,” said Cifrino. “We’re excited; Boston Sports Club is a class act.”
Boston Sports Club currently has 25 locations throughout Greater Boston and Rhode Island, in addition to clubs in the New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. areas.
Rite Aid, which declined to renew its 20 year lease in the spring, according to the Dorchester Reporter, had previously occupied a 17,000-square-foot space in the 21,525-square-foot three-story structure. The building, which was constructed in 1934, also houses College Hype, Supreme Liquors, and other small offices.
Cifrino said the inside of the space will be renovated and the parking lot behind the building, owned by Supreme Realty Trust, will also be repaired. Cifrino added that no major changes are expected to be made to building, except for the possible addition of awnings and new windows.
In the past the parking lot had been managed by the building’s tenants, but it will now be under the control of the realty trust. Repairs to the lot are expected to include a repaving of the lot and the revamping of its lighting.
Because a fitness center is considered a “forbidden” use by the neighborhood zoning code the change of use from a pharmacy to a fitness center will require additional community scrutiny and a hearing before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
A community meeting, hosted by the Cedar Grove Civic Association, will held August 6 to discuss plans, according to the Dorchester Reporter. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at St. Brendan’s church located at 589 Gallivan Blvd.
In addition to the Adams Corner property, Supreme Realty Trust also owns a number of buildings and parking lots throughout the Boston area, including the Fields Corner shopping center.